Leadership Team & Speakers
Amy is a business owner, author, and founder of FUSION Leadership Group. She started FUSION with her mom, Connie and daughter, Valerie in 2017. The organization focuses on training and empowering women in both the United States and abroad, and is currently very involved with Maisha Foundation in Kagadi, Uganda. Recently, Amy joined the board of CEED to help bring clean water to struggling communities in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Amy has been married to Perry for over 30 years and has two adult children and one teenager still at home. She holds a master's degree in Organizational Leadership.
Connie has been working with women for over 40 years and has spoken at many women's events. She visited Rwanda back in 2005 and had the opportunity to return to the country this past November. Additionally, she's traveled to Uganda twice in the past eighteen months.
Connie challenges us to live grateful lives in every situation. She has three adult children and seven grandchildren. Connie was married to Tom for nearly 50 years when he passed away unexpectedly three years ago.
Val is part of the PA Air National Guard and starting a new career as a Police Officer for the City of Pittsburgh. She's been married to Cody - also a police officer - for two years. Both she and her husband traveled to Uganda this past November with the FUSION Leadership team. She manages the FUSION Sponsorship Program for Maisha Foundation in Kagadi, Uganda.
The couple lives in the Brighton Heights area of the city with their 'child' Sky, a two-year-old pit bull.
Ruthann is the chief marketing officer of EastCamp Creative, a full service digital agency specializing in high-end, high-performing websites for small to mid-size businesses. Her career path includes working at Warner Bros. in Nashville for five years as well as running her own PR agency. She is a pastor's wife, mother of two teenagers, loves to travel and at the end of a hard day, enjoys a nice glass of red wine.
Debra Dion Krischke
Debra Dion Krischke has been a passionate women’s advocate and special event producer her entire adult life. Having lived in Iran for two years during the Shah’s regime, she developed a lifelong dedication to global women’s issues such as trafficking and education, most especially to women under veil. Her current philanthropic networking endeavor launched in 2015. “Inspired Women Paying it Forward” now has 4 chapters in the greater Pittsburgh area and has raised over $175,000 for women’s initiatives locally and globally.
She and her husband Ryan, also own Three Rivers Paintball in Cranberry, a 35-year-old family business currently being run by their daughter Alexandra.
Kate Griffin is the Owner of Pittsburgh North School of the Arts, a collection of music teachers all over the area who have a passion to see individuals develop in their knowledge, expertise & personal musical goals. She & her husband have been Pastors at Allison Park Church for almost 20 years & most recently launched the newest Mt Nebo Campus. Kate loves developing people, working out & drinking coffee. Chris & Kate have 4 children.
Linda works in home healthcare and is energized by caring for the elderly. Her current ministry to help women overcome obstacles and reach their full potential was berthed after a crushing divorce 27 years ago. During this time she realized that through the grace of God, she and her children didn't have to become 'a statistic.' She is remarried to Jim and together they have five children and thirteen grandchildren.
Kym is an Award-winning Media Personality, most widely known for her reporting on KDKA-TV News. In addition to being a freelance broadcaster, Kym is a voice artist, producer, and Media Consultant for local and national shows and networks. She is also the owner of Vision & Voice Speaking Solutions.
Kym and her husband live in Bethel Park and have twin 15-year old daughters.